The Government of the Republic of Uganda in an effort to regulate major key players in the Sugar industry has tabled before Parliament the Sugar Bill 2016. Although the Sugar industry has been in existence in Uganda since 1920, the legislation that was in place at the moment such as the Sugar (control) Act of 1948 and the Sugar Cess Act of 1957 are currently no longer able to propel the Sugar industry to stability and development.
In the past couple of years, the prices of Sugar have been fluctuating going higher and making it difficult for the ordinary Ugandans to buy Sugar. This has led to a public outcry demanding for an explanation for these price fluctuations and also seeking long term solutions to ensure that such incidences do not reoccur. Therefore, the purpose of the Bill is to ensure a sustainable, harmonised and modern Sugar industry in Uganda that serves the domestic market and also the international market.
This paper will examine the underlying weaknesses in the previous legislation that prompted the Government to develop the Sugar Bill 2016. It will also be an investigation into the current Bill, examine the provisions critically, and elucidate the relationship between the national Sugar policy and the Sugar Bill 2016. It will further explore the arguments of different players in the Sugar industry and how they are affected by the Bill and understand perspectives from other jurisdictions that have a thriving Sugar industry. Thereafter, it will provide recommendations to potential issues identified.REVIEWED-ANALYSIS-OF-THE-SUGAR-BILL-2016_mugero05092017